Dennis Nally, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Frank Ning, Chairman, COFCO Corporation; Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; Raymond McDaniel Jr., President and CEO, Moody’s Corporation; Norman Pearlstine, Bloomberg’s Chief Content Officer (Copyright of ASEAN CEO Summit)

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We do that through the communities we create among our customers and users, and directly with top newsmakers who shape and make policies and decisions that change the directions of companies, countries and regions.

This week, such opportunities have been plentiful at the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Bali, Indonesia, where 1,200 heads of states and global leaders have convened to discuss their economic priorities. The Summit has become the Asia Pacific region’s biggest gathering of presidents, prime ministers and private sector leaders. Bloomberg’s Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine hosted a discussion with the Prime Minister of Singapore and the Chairmen of PricewaterhouseCoopers and COFCO. The topic was no small one – the “State of the World.”

Robust views were exchanged on matters from the impact of APEC economies in catalyzing global growth to the strategic role the United States plays in the region’s economic stability. Chief executives voiced their growing confidence on business prospects in APEC economies, driven by the burgeoning middle class in emerging markets.

The Prime Minister of Malaysia discussed the country’s “managed change” and the role of government and business in facilitating investment for economic resilience at a session moderated by Diane Brady, Senior Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.

And on the positive topic of creating prosperity, Bloomberg Television’s ASEAN correspondent Haslinda Amin – at a Bloomberg Executive Breakfast Briefing – asked the Indonesian finance minister and the CEO of Garuda Indonesia about infrastructure challenges facing the region and their potential impact on future economic development.

It is a big week for ASEAN – the 10-country association of Southeast Asia nations – as many leaders leave the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Bali for the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Brunei, where member states will discuss the region’s future economic roadmap.

 

Chris Collins, Senior Executive Editor, Bloomberg News